Priyata is a fourth and final year student studying a Bachelor of Laws at QUT. With an interest to pursue a career in advocating human rights, her Justice Journey saw her spend a day with the Public Trustee. Follow her journey through snapshots from her day.
I was looking forward to my day at The Public Trustee as part of the Law Week Justice Journey’s job shadow program.
Here I am with Emilee from the Marketing and Communications team, who will be showing me round. It will be a fantastic opportunity to learn how The Public Trustee fits into law and justice practice in Queensland.
Just before meeting with Human Resources, I was given a bag full of Public Trustee goodies. You will see on the coffee mug that The Public Trustee is celebrating its centenary year. Since 1916, The Public Trustee has been working for the people of Queensland. This represents 100 years of Will making and community service across the State.
First off, here I am meeting with two members of The Public Trustee’s HR team, Linda and Meghan.
They went through the overall services, structure and functions of the organisation – it was staggering to learn that they have over 550 staff across 16 Queensland regional offices. They are the largest Will maker in the State.
Linda observed my signing of ‘The Declaration of Secrecy’, which staff members of The Public Trustee have been signing for 100 years.
Also, I could see that this declaration is under the provisions of the ‘Oath act 1867’.
The Public Trustee makes around 25,000 Wills per year, so I sat in on a Will being updated by Deborah from the Brisbane City office.
Even though a lot of young people think they don’t need a Will because they may not have any assets, I learnt that it is really important to have one if you’re over 18. If you’ve been working, you will have superannuation and potentially insurance payouts.
Meeting with Peter Carne, The Public Trustee of Queensland to discuss the role of the Public Trustee and my legal interests, studies and experience.
My next meeting was with Tony Steinmetz, the Executive Director of Client Services at The Public Trustee.
Some of my recent experience has been volunteering for the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit, so I enjoyed hearing from Tony about The Public Trustee’s community service activities. The Public Trustee offers rebated fees for some clients, a free Will making service, public education about Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney, and makes contributions to the Public Guardian, Legal Aid and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services’ Elder Abuse Campaign.
Here I am with some of the lawyers who work in The Public Trustee’s Office of the Official Solicitor – Kuremi, Brooke, Renee and Labo.
I briefly met with the Deputy Official Solicitor and discussed the diversity of the work that comes through the office. Labo, the Director of Legal Services organised for me to speak with lawyers from different practice areas of the Office of the Official Solicitor.
We discussed conveyancing, management of prisoner’s estates, misappropriation by former attorneys and financial administrators for financial management clients and deceased estates.
Additionally we spoke about the different paths they took to get where they are now in their career and their passion for working at The Public Trustee – some great advice for me, with my graduation approaching at the end of this semester.
I never knew that in Brisbane there is a Wills Bunker that stores over 1.1 million Queenslanders’ Wills.
This amazing facility is a state-of-the-art, temperature controlled building.
There are Wills here from the beginning of the century, including this one from 1916. It is the Will of a soldier who was being deployed to serve in the First World War.
This was the end of my busy day. So glad to have gone on this Justice Journey at The Public Trustee.